Tentatively, judge sides with Filner in TMD dispute

Oral arguments to be heard Friday

Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor today (March 21) turned down the request of the Tourism Marketing District (TMD) to force Mayor Bob Filner to sign an operating agreement that would provide $30 million annually for tourism promotion from a 2% surcharge on hotel rooms. Former Mayor Jerry Sanders had failed to sign the agreement before leaving office, and Filner wants some changes. For example, noticing that one TMD official rakes in $454,000 annually, Filner wants to draw a salary line at $160,000. He also wants $5 million set aside for the 2015 Balboa Park centennial shindig.

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The Executive Director of this tourist marketing district for one city makes more than the President of the United States?

The hotel owners have no reason to control costs--they are not spending their money.

PBDavid: Yes, more than the president, who makes $400,000. Distinction: the president MAKES $400,000. The TMD executive TAKES IN $454,000. Best, Don Bauder

Living wage for workers!!! Society's chain is only as strong as its weakest lnk.

Congress already spoke up for the new middle-class like the TMD Exec Director that is raking in $450K yr. To avoid the "Fiscal Cliff', they went ahead and threw the 98% over once & for all with a sucker in their mouths.

Per Prof. Reich's article at http://robertreich.org/post/39333816768:

"2. The deal makes tax cuts for the rich permanent (extending the Bush tax cuts for incomes up to $400,000 if filing singly and $450,000 if jointly) while extending refundable tax credits for the poor (child tax credit, enlarged EITC, and tuition tax credit) for only five years. There’s absolutely no justification for this asymmetry."

If the "trickler-downers" aka as "those that piss on the majority", refuse living wages to working people: an adjustment to the Poverty Level seems sensible.

The upper 2% got benefited by the Fiscal Cliff deal and somehow, magically, thereby joined the "middle class". But did the poverty-level also get a boost? That way at least the working poor may eat and receive some medical care when the need arises, to be fit to report daily for indentured servitude.

vitalinfo: Reich is almost always right, and he is right on this one. Making the tax cuts permanent for those with incomes up to $400,000 if filing singly is a national disgrace. Obama must NOT cave into this one. Best, Don Bauder

JUDGE'S DECISION FINALIZED. NEXT UP: COUNCIL. Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor today (March 22) upheld his Thursday tentative decision, affirming that Mayor Bob Filner was within his legal rights not to sign the document forking over $30 million a year to bureaucrats hyping San Diego tourism. The council takes up the matter next week. Best, Don Bauder

nostalgic: Sorry, I don't have a link. Best, Don Bauder

COUNCIL VOTES TO MAKE MAYOR SIGN TMD AGREEMENT. The city council voted 6-1 today (March 26) to force Mayor Bob Filner to sign the agreement with the Tourism Marketing District (TMD). Filner had won in court last week. He could veto the move, but the 6-1 vote could overturn his veto. Filner wants the agreement to include such things as money toward the 2015 Balboa Park centennial.

COUNCIL, TMD, FILNER REACH COMPROMISE. Yesterday (March 28), the mayor, council and Tourism Marketing District reached a compromise. Filner had refused to sign an operating agreement on a 2% hotel room charge that would fund promotion of San Diego as a tourist destination. Among several compromises, the largest hotels will indemnify the City in case it loses lawsuits denouncing the 2% charge. Best, Don Bauder

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